Important

ServiceOntario is aware of a text message phishing scam providing a fraudulent refund link for eliminated licence plate stickers. Individuals should not open or click on any links as this message is not authorized by ServiceOntario and is a scam. We will not contact you directly to get a licence plate sticker refund.

If you have received this message, please report it to your local police or call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Overview

Your vehicle must have a valid licence plate and be insured to drive legally in Ontario. The licence plate renewal period varies depending on type of vehicle and if you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years.

Owners of passenger vehicles, light duty vehicles under 3,000 kg, motorcycles and mopeds must still renew licence plates every 1 or 2 years, usually before your birthday.

When you renew:

  • you will no longer receive a sticker
  • you do not have to pay licence plate renewal fees 
  • law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewed

Heavy commercial vehicles

Heavy commercial vehicles (over 3,000 kg), buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles can now renew online.

Learn more about renewing your heavy commercial licence plate.

$0 (free)


Renewing your licence plate is now $0 (for most vehicles) and can be done online.

Valid for 1 or 
2 years


You must renew your licence plate every 1 or 2 years. For most this will be before your birthday.

What you need to know before you renew

To renew your licence plate , you need:

Renew online and in-person

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When you need to renew

  • You can renew your licence plate up to 180 days before it expires.
  • The expiry date for individuals is usually your birthday.
  • Business owners and joint registrants should check your vehicle permit for your expiry date.

Renew online

Most customers can renew online.

Notice: Service Interruption
Due to scheduled maintenance this online service will be temporarily unavailable Sunday, August 21, 2022 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Renew in-person

Visit a ServiceOntario centre if you cannot renew online.

Find a ServiceOntario centre

You may be able to book an appointment ahead of your visit.

Questions about renewals

Find out more information about renewal requirements or call us at 1-800-387-3445.

Eliminating licence plate stickers

Sticker refund for individuals

We have eliminated licence plate stickers for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds.

If you paid renewal fees for your licence plate sticker for an individually-owned vehicle between March 1, 2020 and March 12, 2022, you will receive your refund cheque in the mail.

To get your refund, you must check the address on your driver’s licence and update it if it's incorrect and pay any defaulted fees, fines or tolls.

Find out more information about getting a refund.

Spring 2022

If you haven't received your cheque by the end of May, call us at 1-888-333-0049

Summer 2022

If you updated your address or paid defaulted fines, fees or tolls after March 7, your refund cheque will arrive in the mail by the end of August.

If you haven’t received your cheque by the end of September, call us at 1-888-333-0049.

Cost and delivery

Cost

$0 for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds.

Note: your renewal fee may vary based on your situation. For example, if you have a company vehicle, trailer or snowmobile.

If you renew online

For passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds, transaction receipts can be printed for your records at the end of your transactions.

If you renew in-person

A representative will provide you with a transaction receipt.

How to pay in-person

Pay with cash, cheque, money order, VISA, Mastercard or Interac®

If you are paying by cheque please note:

  • personal cheques must be certified (we will not accept uncertified personal cheques)
  • company cheques must have the company name pre-printed on them
  • cheques must be made payable to: Minister of Finance

Delivery

You will no longer receive a licence plate sticker for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds. You must continue to renew your licence plate every 1 or 2 years, usually before your birthday.

Once you complete your renewal online or in-person, law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate has been renewed.

Renewals for business owners, heavy commercial vehicles or dealer

Vehicles under 3,000 kg

You can renew online for up to 10 vehicles per transaction, for vehicles that weigh 3,000 kg or less: 

  • passenger vehicles
  • light duty vehicles under 3,000 kg
  • motorcycles
  • mopeds
  • snow vehicles 

Vehicles over 3,000 kg

You can renew online for up to 5 vehicles per transaction, for:

  • heavy commercial vehicles weighing over 3,000 kg
  • buses/school buses
  • farm plated vehicles 

Find out more information on heavy commercial vehicle renewals, including buses, school buses and farm plated vehicles.

Snow vehicles

Snow vehicles still require a licence plate sticker.

You can renew your snow vehicle sticker online.

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Note: you can also renew in-person at a ServiceOntario centre.

Cost

$15 Southern Ontario
$0 Northern Ontario

How you can pay

Online

VISA, Mastercard

 

Interac® Online

 

Check to see if your financial institution offers Interac® Online service

Delivery

If you renew online

Your licence plate sticker(s) will arrive in the mail within 14 days. It may take longer:

  • if you are outside of Ontario
  • when demand is higher than normal

If your sticker is expiring soon

You will get a temporary licence plate sticker validation document when you renew your sticker:

  • 14 days or less before it expires
  • after it expires

Until the new sticker arrives, you must:

  • print the temporary licence plate validation document and keep it in the vehicle
  • leave the existing sticker on the licence plate

The temporary licence plate sticker validation document is:

  • proof that you renewed your sticker
  • gives you a 14-day extension from the order date until the new sticker arrives

If you renew in person

You will be given your licence plate sticker at the ServiceOntario centre.

Unpaid fines

Driver fines or fees

Defaulted driver fines are for any unpaid moving violation and do not include vehicle (parking or highway toll) fines.

Examples of moving violations are:

  • speeding
  • drinking and driving
  • careless driving
  • racing

You may have to pay a reinstatement fee or Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) if your licence was suspended.

Your licence could be suspended:

  • at the side of the road (a roadside suspension)
  • a court could order a suspension
  • if you receive a suspension letter from the Ministry of Transportation

Defaulted driver fines must also be paid in full before you can renew your driver’s licence or order a personalized licence plate.

You can pay online or in person at a ServiceOntario centre.

Pay driver fines or fees online

Vehicle fines, penalties or tolls

You must pay outstanding vehicle fines, penalties, tolls and fees when you renew your licence plate. These include:

  • highway tolls
  • outstanding vehicle licensing fees (bounced cheques, for example)
  • vehicle fines or penalties such as:
    • parking
    • red light camera
    • passing a stopped school bus
    • operating an unlicensed taxi
    • automated speed enforcement
    • passing a stopped streetcar

To pay any outstanding fines, penalties, tolls or fees on your vehicle, please visit a ServiceOntario centre.

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Insurance coverage

Insure your vehicle

By law, to renew your licence plate, your vehicle must be insured.

The Ministry of Transportation verifies that your vehicle is insured by checking your vehicle identification number – a unique number assigned to your vehicle – with the insurance information from your insurance provider.

If your insurance information cannot be verified, or your vehicle identification number cannot be matched, you will not be able to renew your licence plate.

You will need to compare the vehicle identification number on 3 things:

  • the dashboard of your vehicle
  • your vehicle permit
  • your Canadian inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card (pink card)

If the vehicle identification number on your dashboard and your Canadian inter-province motor vehicle liability insurance card do not match, you will need to contact your insurance company to fix it.

Check your vehicle identification number before you renew

You will need to correct your vehicle identification number before you can renew your licence plate online.

If the vehicle identification number on your dashboard and vehicle permit does not match, you will need to visit ServiceOntario to correct it. You will need to bring the following documents:

  • the vehicle permit (ownership) – the vehicle portion of the permit is required
  • your Canada Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card (“pink card”)
  • one of the following documents:
    • original vehicle manufacturer’s warranty
    • copy of manufacturer’s invoice
    • original or copy of the bill/certificate of sale from the original selling dealer
    • letter from an authorized dealer for your make of vehicle verifying the correct vehicle identification number of the vehicle
    • copy of certificate of title/certificate of origin
    • copy of new vehicle information statement (NVIS).
    • written confirmation from municipal or provincial police verifying that the vehicle identification number was checked through the Canadian police information centre
    • original safety standards certificate, form SR-E-214, only if the last 6 characters of the vehicle identification number are correct
    • sworn affidavit by the vehicle owner explaining the vehicle identification number error

If you do not have insurance, you must get it from an insurance provider licensed to do business in Ontario. Proof of insurance is required to renew your licence plate.

If you’ve moved recently

You must change your address within 6 days after you move. You should keep your address up to date to make sure:

  • any products you order online will arrive at the correct address
  • the validation fee you are charged aligns with the area you live in
  • you are complying with the law

Update your address

Issues with your plate

If you have any issues with your licence plate, for example:

  • stolen
  • damaged
  • lost

You must visit a ServiceOntario centre.

Find out more information about plate issues.